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first_imgThe Southern Coastal Batholith of central Chile is mainly composed of calc-alkaline granitoids of Late Carboniferous to Permian age. There is no clear evidence of the existence of older plutonic rocks in the batholith. The granitoids are intruded into an accretionary prism which underwent contemporaneous metamorphism. Triassic high-level plutons of limited areal extent occur as post-tectonic bodies in the high P/T metamorphic belt of the subduction complex. Jurassic plutons, which increase in volume toward the northern limit of the area and beyond, are associated with a tectonomagmatic event which, in certain localities, remobilized and re-set the ages of the Paleozoic granitoids. Cretaceous plutons occur to the east of the Southern Coastal Batholith. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the Paleozoic granitoids (0.706 to 0.707) are higher than those of the Mesozoic plutons (∼0.704) which were derived from a source similar to that of the present-day volcanic rocks of this segment of the Andes. The northern limit of the Paleozoic rocks is presumed to be an east-west fault zone, apparently inactive since Jurassic times. The continuity of the Mesozoic granitoids is not affected by this boundary.last_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Belvoir merger with Martin & Co put to shareholders previous nextBelvoir merger with Martin & Co put to shareholdersDirectors of Belvoir have gone public with a hostile cash and shares offer to The Property Franchise Group shareholders – owners of Martin & Co – to merge the two businesses.Nigel Lewis19th October 201703,857 Views Franchise lettings giant Belvoir is to attempt a merger between itself and The Property Franchise Group, owners of Martin & Co, after it today made an official offer to start direct discussions with both TPFG and Belvoir shareholders.Belvoir’s directors believe a merger between the two franchise networks would be in the “best long-term interest of both companies and their respective shareholders”.But Belvoir has gone public with the proposed merger only after the TPFG board rejected its overtures despite having previously shown a willingness to engage on the subject, Belvoir says.The time is ripe for industry consolidation, Belvoir CEO Dorian Gonsalves (pictured left) says, hinting at the difficulties that may be ahead for the lettings sector following the fees ban later this year, and “that a more broadly based multi franchise group will be better positioned to leverage the opportunities in the sector and that the shareholders of the respective companies are looking for such leadership”.The proposed merger would, through a mixture of cash and shares, see TPFG shareholder take a 34.6% stake in a new enlarged group and create a UK property franchise group with 683 outlets and 108,000 tenanted managed properties.TPFG shareholders would receive new shares in Belvoir and cash, based on 52.2p a share, in a deal worth £33.7 million.Belvoir merger with Martin & Co“With the changing dynamics in the industry, the combination of TPFG and Belvoir would, in the opinion of the Belvoir board, cement a more robust market position for the Enlarged Group,” the Belvoir pitch document says.Belvoir says the new management of the enlarged group would see Belvoir founder Mike Goddards becoming Chairman, TPFG Chairman Richard Martin becoming Non-Exec Deputy Chairman, Dorian Gonsalves as CEO and Louise George as CFO.To finance the merger, Belvoir says it would set up a new credit agreement with a “leading UK bank”. Martin & Co Belvoir Belvoir merger with Martin & Co The Property Franchise Group Dorian Gonsalves October 19, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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first_imgThe scholars acknowledge this, describing the Rhodes programme as lending Buttigieg “tremendous credibility, privilege, and respect in most professional arenas.” In the letter, available on commondreams.org, the educational policies of Sanders’ campaign are cited as the primary motivation for the support given. Specifically, his “plan to eliminate student debt, invest in historically black colleges and universities, and guarantee tuition and debt-free public colleges, [means] he is the best candidate to ensure that other students have access to the opportunities we have had.” Describing him as the candidate “most committed to rectifying these profound inequalities”, the scholars conclude with the statement: “As Rhodes Scholars, we believe that our credentials should not be relied upon in lieu of a strong and proven record of public leadership. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with the demonstrated experience and will to rectify the systemic injustice in America.” Thirty five Rhodes Scholars have signed an open letter in support of Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic Nomination, decrying former Rhodes recipient Pete Buttigieg’s frequent citing of his own time in the programme. Similarly, the credited author and 2019 Rhodes Scholar Jaz Brisack denounces any claims that the program is any marker of integrity or political ethics: “But the Rhodes Scholarship is rarely the moral litmus test it purports to be. This is exemplified by the Rhodes Scholar who was indicted on US government fraud charges in 2009 and the resignation of a Missouri governor over allegations of sexual misconduct and violations of campaign-finance law in 2018.” However, they are quick to address an alternative view of the prestigious award. As opposed to being an indicator of erudition and a pinnacle of education, the letter states that the “Rhodes Scholarship is thus largely a marker of socioeconomic privilege, as well as a willingness to play by the rules of elite institutions, rather than an indicator of political commitment or capacity. Endowing Buttigieg with considerable political leverage due to his academic or personal achievements—without a broader understanding of his privileges—illustrates how inequality has been recast by elites as meritocracy.” In a letter entitled “Rhodes Scholars on Bernie, Buttigieg, and Meritocracy”, published in Common Dreams on Wednesday, the undersigned stated: “From our privileged position, we believe that the only candidate who is committed to transforming inequality and creating universal access to education is Bernie Sanders.” Continuing with this sentiment, the letter suggests that a Rhodes scholarship is further proof of Pete’s social advantage: “Consider the context of Oxford University, where in 2018 over 60% of undergraduate students came from private or grammar schools… The share of students in the 1% that attend elite colleges is already at an all-time high. In effect, most American students are locked out from an opportunity like the Rhodes Scholarship before they reach adulthood. Pete Buttigieg, by contrast, attended private schools sfrom childhood.” Candidate Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of Southbend, Indiana, was awarded the scholarship in 2004, studying in Oxford in that year. In keeping with his frequent internet portrayal as the “smart” candidate (so described by The New York Times), Mayor Pete claims to speak eight languages and worked in naval intelligence, in addition to his academic achievements. last_img read more

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first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office at Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors salutes sales associates in Ocean City for being the office leaders for the month of August 2020.Ocean City Gardens Plaza:Mike Contino has been recognized for listings, volume and units.Ocean City 109 34th Street:The Dean Chorin Team has been recognized for listings. Chorin resides in Ocean CityThe Cheryl Huber Team has been recognized for volume and units. Huber is a recipient of the NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Award.Ocean City Simpson Avenue:Damon Bready has been recognized for listings. Bready is a resident of Ocean City.Ellen McGonigle has been recognized for volume. McGonigle is a resident of Ocean City.The Sheppard Team has been recognized for units. Sheppard is a resident of Ocean City.Sea Isle City:Bonnie Fiorentino has been recognized for listings, volume and units. She is a resident of Sea Isle City.Avalon:The Jack Vizzard Group has been recognized for listings, volume and units. Vizzard, Broker Associate, is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Sales Award. He is a lifetime resident of Seven Mile Island.last_img read more

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first_imgEngineers and scientists collaborating at Harvard University and the MITRE Corp. have developed and demonstrated the world’s first programmable nanoprocessor.The groundbreaking prototype computer system, described in a paper appearing today (Feb. 9) in the journal Nature, represents a significant step forward in the complexity of computer circuits that can be assembled from synthesized nanometer-scale components.It also represents an advance because these ultra-tiny nanocircuits can be programmed electronically to perform a number of basic arithmetic and logical functions.“This work represents a quantum jump forward in the complexity and function of circuits built from the bottom up, and thus demonstrates that this bottom-up paradigm, which is distinct from the way commercial circuits are built today, can yield nanoprocessors and other integrated systems of the future,” says principal investigator Charles M. Lieber, who holds a joint appointment at Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The work was enabled by advances in the design and synthesis of nanowire building blocks. These nanowire components now demonstrate the reproducibility needed to build functional electronic circuits, and also do so at a size and material complexity difficult to achieve by traditional top-down approaches.Moreover, the tiled architecture is fully scalable, allowing the assembly of much larger and ever more functional nanoprocessors.“For the past 10 to 15 years, researchers working with nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and other nanostructures have struggled to build all but the most basic circuits, in large part due to variations in properties of individual nanostructures,” says Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry. “We have shown that this limitation can now be overcome and are excited about prospects of exploiting the bottom-up paradigm of biology in building future electronics.”An additional feature of the advance is that the circuits in the nanoprocessor operate using very little power, even allowing for their minuscule size, because their component nanowires contain transistor switches that are “nonvolatile.”This means that unlike transistors in conventional microcomputer circuits, once the nanowire transistors are programmed, they do not require any additional expenditure of electrical power for maintaining memory.“Because of their very small size and very low power requirements, these new nanoprocessor circuits are building blocks that can control and enable an entirely new class of much smaller, lighter-weight electronic sensors and consumer electronics,” says co-author Shamik Das, the lead engineer in MITRE’s Nanosystems Group.“This new nanoprocessor represents a major milestone toward realizing the vision of a nanocomputer that was first articulated more than 50 years ago by physicist Richard Feynman,” says James Ellenbogen, a chief scientist at MITRE.Co-authors on the paper included four members of Lieber’s lab at Harvard — Hao Yan, Ph.D. ’10, SungWoo Nam, Ph.D. ’10, Yongjie Hu, Ph.D. ’10 — and doctoral candidate Hwan Sung Choe, as well as collaborators at MITRE.The research team at MITRE comprised Das, Ellenbogen, and nanotechnology laboratory Director Jim Klemic. The MITRE Corp. is a not-for-profit company that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. MITRE’s principal locations are in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va.The research was supported by a Department of Defense National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, the NanoEnabled Technology Initiative, and the MITRE Innovation Program.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jim MidcapUniversity of GeorgiaIf your landscape plants look wilted day after day and all thosestressed plants are taking your extra time and water, maybe it’stime to redo parts of your landscape.All plants require water to survive. With higher temperatures,plants use even more water. But some are highly efficient inusing water. Others develop extensive root systems to withdrawextra moisture during droughts.Many plants can provide shade, foliage, flowers, fall color andfragrance to the landscape even in the heat of summer. Byselecting the proper plants, preparing the site well and gettingplants well established, you can enjoy your landscape with lessirrigation and care.First, select the right plants. This means plants adapted to yoursite as well as being heat- and drought-tolerant.Do you have full sun, partial sun, partial shade or deep shade?Is your soil sandy and well-drained? Is it a heavy clay thatstays wet after rain and hard as a brick during droughts?Good choicesTough shade trees that resist heat and drought include the willowoak, lacebark elm and Chinese pistache. The willow oak has a nicepyramidal shape, small leaves and small acorns. The lacebark elmhas small, dark green leaves and sheds its bark in small flakes.The Chinese pistache has outstanding orange-red fall color andvery few pests.Small trees adapted to our heat zone include the trident maple,crape myrtle and the Chinese fringe tree. The trident maple hasgreat fall color and shedding bark. Crape myrtles bloom allsummer long. And the Chinese fringe tree is covered with whiteflowers in late spring and dark green foliage all summer.The dwarf yaupon holly, dwarf Burford holly and dwarf nandina areall heat-tolerant, dwarf evergreen shrubs. All are adapted to sunor partial shade. The dwarf yaupon tolerates wet or dry sites.The dwarf Burford has dark, glossy green leaves. Dwarf nandinasusually get red-orange fall color.The rose-of-Sharon, butterfly bush and shrub rose can add coloras well as heat tolerance. Rose-of-Sharon is a heritage plantthat blooms in late summer and fall. Butterfly bushes bloom allsummer and attract many butterflies. And shrub roses providecolor and fragrance in spring, summer and fall.Good startNew plantings require special care to become well established andbe able to tolerate next year’s heat and drought. Planting inearly fall, when the soils are still warm, will enable plants tobecome better established by next summer.To get your plants off to their best start, don’t wait to beginpreparing the site properly. First, remove the existing,drought-stressed plants, tops, roots and all. Then rotary tillthe area as deep as you can, at least 8 to 10 inches, to break upany compacted soil.Incorporate composted organic matter and amendments into the bed.When the temperatures first begin to drop for the fall, plantyour newly purchased trees and shrubs.Mulch the bed and keep the new plantings watered. By the timenext year’s heat and dry spells arrive, your new landscape plantsshould be established well enough to make your summertime livingeasy.(Jim Midcap is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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first_imgIf you don’t already know, at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine we have something called the RoadShow. This is where we pack up the sweet vinyl-wrapped BRO Subarus and go to really fun events and festivals across the Blue Ridge. Yes this place is torture to work for.This weekend was The Festy Experience on the grounds of Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County. I got to work the Blue Ridge booth for about two hours on Friday, and then was off the clock until Saturday morning. Party time, excellent!A few of my friends also happened to be festying and we all grabbed a few brews and found our ways to the stage. Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more rocked out until midnight with foot stomping bluegrass tunes, to slow sing along jams. Despite beers being $6, I managed to get a good buzz going and was right at the front of the stage singing along with my friends.  The way the stage is set up, and the amount of good people who attend, the Festy is a recipe for a great time.By the time my buddy and I set up our tent around 12:30am and got to bed, 7am came all too quickly. I had to help out with our annual Blue Ridge Burn trail run held on a great trail network close to the Festy grounds. We had almost 200 runners this year, and all proceeds were donated to the Southern Environmental Law Center. The run went off smoothly, no one got too lost, and the event was injury free. Success.The Festy Burn Experience from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.After working the BRO booth another hour or two, I hit the road and headed to Stokesville Campground for the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. This event has been happening for over 15 years, and centers around two big trail work sessions and lots of great riding. The drive was beautiful and the roads seemed made for my trusty 1981 Toyota pickup. Yes that was a shameless plug for my awesome vehicle.The bike festival was a blast, and I got to catch up with a bunch of friends I had not seen in quite a while. After a delicious burrito group dinner the festivities began with mini bike slalom, dance parties, jumping kegs on bikes, and a big bonfire.The morning brought groggy heads, rain, and the cold. Luckily after a few hours of hydrating and cleanup the skies broke and we were able to get out for a 4-hour ride. We rode all of Narrowback Ridge, which is currently undergoing some amazing trail work by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and Trail Dynamics. After the ride I said my goodbyes, hit the road, and came home to a big plate of lasagna. My girlfriend is a keeper.Hundreds of good people, two amazing festivals, one unforgettable weekend.last_img read more

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first_img“If I start pointing my paddle frantically in one direction it means paddle that way fast,” instructed Ben Moore, our SUP guide, as we stood on the banks of the James River.A crew from Appomattox River Company had rolled into Richmond, last Thursday, for a little whitewater paddle-boarding with Ben Moore and Mitch Davis of Riverside Outfitters. Ben, a BIC SUP and Werner Paddle Pro, had been after me for a while to get on the James River with him and experience the SUP life in downtown Richmond. I’d gotten home the day before from a two week road trip, fishing from Louisiana to Tennessee. I was a little whupped, but the prospect of paddle-boarding with the guys from work got me psyched.Eleven of us met at Riverside Outfitters around 12pm. RO has a cool little outdoor recreation compound in Richmond from which they stage rafting, climbing, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc trips throughout the area. Ben and Mitch informed us we’d paddle the Wetlands to Reedy Creek section. It’s got some very friendly Class I and II rapids that are perfect for the first time whitewater paddle-boarder. After a short bus ride and a concise, informative safety talk from Ben, we found ourselves standing on some Jackson Kayak SuperCharger SUPs in the middle of the James River. Fall colors were in effect.On the water we got comfortable on our boards, playing paddle board chicken and a few other games geared towards acclimating us to our water legs. The first stop was a little ripple above the Powhite Bridge. I tried to surf it and ended up in the drink. I was all smiles though.“This is just good clean fun!” I found myself exclaiming, over and over to anyone that would listen.The water is cool right now, so it’s important to layer up in proper clothing. My Immersion Research paddling jacket was on point. I was also psyched I got to test out my Astral Hiyak Shoes/ Booties, which look a lot like the old Air Jordan’s of my youth.After the surf session, we headed down river towards Choo-Choo Rapids. Choo-Choo would be our first real test. A solid Class 2 with some decent water running through it, we were all determined to stay on our feet through the whole thing. Ben and Mitch deftly navigated the James River on their BIC SUP boards, showing us the lines and making sure we stayed safe. After a brief snack, and talk / scouting of the rapid, we boarded up and headed into the whitewater one at a time. Every one did awesome! It was such a blast. Guys were hooting and hollering all the way through the little wave train that followed Choo-Choo. I grabbed some shots of all the guys running it, then loaded up and headed in myself. It was a wild, fun ride!Following Choo-Choo Rapid we ran Mitchell’s Gut and a few other small ripples. By the time we got to the take-out sign everyone was laughing and talking about doing it again. Coming into the take-out channel, you just start to see signs of downtown Richmond. Buildings loomed on the horizon towards the Lower James section, a more difficult run. The James River in Richmond is a true gem of urban water. There were times I completely forgot we were in the capital city. It was a fantastic way for us, as co-workers, to share in a exhilarating experience.unnamed“I want to bring my wife down here!”, “I want to come back before winter and do it again.”, “How much does this cost if I come back next week?” The boys were psyched.The crew at Riverside Outfitters is awesome. These guys and gals carry a lot of passion for the James River scene in Richmond. They are advocates, ambassadors and die-hard users for and of this amazing resource. We were all impressed, both with the quality of the instruction and the joyful bliss of RVA SUP. Ben and Mitch were top notch guides. They’ll not only guide you safely down the river, but they’ll lead you to love that same river for all that it brings to the city.I’m primarily a kayak angler, though I’ve paddled some whitewater in WV from a kayak. My wife is the real whitewater star, having competed professionally for a good period of her life. I was thankful for getting to experience just a tiny taste of the river that shaped her upbringing in the paddling world. I had been a little skeptical of the river SUP thing, but no longer. It was so effortlessly smile inducing, which is how I measure fun activities, that I know I’ll be back at it very soon.Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 3.49.00 PMWhen I got home, bursting with enthusiasm and appreciation my wife smiled (and always the pragmatists) said, “Good, I’m so happy for you! Sounds like you found your path to enjoying whitewater. Now I don’t have to worry about rescuing you from a kayak.”Rivers have been tied to human exploration for as long as we’ve traveled this planet. Floating these rivers is intrinsic to our nature. We have so many beautiful stretches of flowing water in this country, in the southeast. Get out there. Explore. Tune in to the wilderness outside and your wild inside. The James River in Richmond gives you a beautiful opportunity to get a taste of that wilderness at the doorstep of urban  civilization. It’s a true gift.I love fishing from my kayak, but I’m grateful to have found a new way to appreciate the river’s bounty. Put whitewater paddle-boarding on your radar.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo December 22, 2009 Lionel Messi is the FIFA World Player of the Year after leading FC Barcelona to an unprecedented trio of Spanish and European titles. The 22-year-old Argentine beat 2008 winner Cristiano Ronaldo, 2007 winner Kaka, and his Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in voting among national team captains and coaches. The award caps a perfect year for the winger. Messi won a Spanish league and cup double and the European championship last season. He added another title with an extra-time goal Saturday to beat Estudiantes and give Barcelona its first Club World Cup. Messi, who accepted the award at a FIFA gala in Zurich said “I’m extremely happy. We’ve just ended a historic year, a perfect year in which we’ve won every competition we’ve played in. We just needed to take this last step and everything has worked out how we wanted. It’s amazing.” The 22-year-old won the award for the first time, beating last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, his two clubmates Andres Iniesta and Xavi and Brazil midfielder Kaka. He was presented with the trophy at a glittering awards gala in Zurich.last_img read more

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first_imgBy United States Southern Command May 08, 2019 The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is scheduled to deploy in June from Naval Station Norfolk to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America to conduct humanitarian medical assistance missions in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. During a five-month humanitarian mission, U.S. military medical personnel will work alongside partners to provide medical assistance to communities based on needs identified by host-nation health ministries, and help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems in countries hosting Venezuelans who have fled the country’s crisis. Countries hosting the USNS COMFORT during the mission will be announced at a later time. “The USNS COMFORT represents our enduring promise to our partners in the Western Hemisphere – our shared neighborhood,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment. “U.S. Southern Command is committed to the region in support of our Caribbean and Latin American partners, as well as displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee the brutal oppression of the former Maduro regime and its interlocking, man-made political, economic and humanitarian crises.” This marks the hospital ship’s seventh deployment to the region since 2007, second deployment to the Western Hemisphere in the last six months, and reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas and the people of Venezuela. The USNS COMFORT operation is part of the deepening of our engagement in the region under the health pillar of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy. (www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/caribbeanstrategy/)last_img read more

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